• Saving Your Scratched Hardwood Floors


    If you have hardwood floors, it's likely you have scratched floors. You don't have to scrap the flooring just because it's scratched. There are some simple ways to save them instead.

    First Step: Clean the Floors

    Proper cleaning is the first step in fixing scratched hardwood. It's critical to have a good understanding of the type of hardwood, the finish, and the sealant on the boards before cleaning begins. This will help you choose cleaning agents that will not further harm the floor. Gentle cleaning can remove the dirt and grime without causing more damage.

    Second Step: Buffing, Waxing, Polishing

    Buffing the floors will help deep clean the wood and create a smooth surface for waxing. After applying the wax, the floors are then polished to bring out the original shine and luster of the wood.

    Third Step: Address the Scratches

    It might seem counterintuitive to clean, buff, wax and polish the floor before addressing the scratches, but this allows for an accurate view of the surface of the wood. Then a professional can see what the real state of the hardwood is and create an action plan for treating and repairing the scratches.

    There are different methods for filling and repairing scratches, depending on the depth of the damage. These methods can include applying wood renewal products or stains to fill in the scratches and make them match the rest of the floor. If the scratch is deep or wide enough, pre-colored latex wood filler can repair the gouge.

    Instead of lamenting your scratched floors or sending them to the landfill, saving them can be a simple and affordable solution. For help saving your scratched hardwood floors, make an appointment with the experts at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners today.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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